Thursday, December 19, 2013
I guess we’re beyond the “Letter to Santa” stage at the Burleson household.
Our youngest, Erin, is about to turn 12. It’s hard to believe she’s one year from being a teenager.
Where has the time gone since New Year’s morning, 2002, when she entered the world prematurely at 2 pounds, 6 ounces?
She still lets us know what she wants – just not written on a list. And her choices, of course, have matured with her age.
The college student, Andy, and the recent college graduate, Emma, are easy to buy for – money, money, money.
I believe as Pam does, we have to have some sort of surprise for them on Christmas morning. But it won’t be what each of them would prefer – a car.
Later Christmas Day, we will make the trek to Alabama to celebrate with my family.
And it’s great to still have a small child on that end.
Jake, the son of my nephew Chris and wife Marlana, just turned 6. He’s in kindergarten.
When we visited the Saturday after Thanksgiving, we were all sitting around and someone suddenly asked Jake, “What do you want for Christmas?”
He couldn’t remember everything on the long list.
My wife Pam said, “Jake, why don’t you write a ‘Letter to Santa?’”
Jake quickly replied, “That’s a good idea, Pam!”
We left a little a little early that evening.
But later on, he made sure he had some paper to write his “Letter to Santa” and then asked for an envelope so he could promptly put in the mail.
This week’s holiday edition of the newspaper includes “Letters to Santa” from lots of young school children – kindergarten, first grade and second grade – across Marshall County.
Reading over them is always one of my favorite things.
Some will make you laugh. Some will likely make you cry.
Some are short. Some are long.
Most have spelling and grammatical errors and sentences running together – but that’s OK.
That’s why we like for them to write them, and for us to retype them just as they write them.
Here’s a sampling.
Thanks to the teachers and students for contributions to our annual Christmas greetings edition.
Also, thanks to our many friends (our advertisers) for their support of this holiday edition, always one of our largest papers of the year.
Here’s hoping your holiday season is filled with joy.
Enjoy your time with family and friends.
From the Burleson family and The South Reporter family, Merry Christmas!
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